“The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick is one of my favourite picture-books. It is very unusually a picture book that tells its story only through pictures, more in style with a graphic novel! The story which is loosely based on the true story of turn-of-the-century pioneer filmmaker Georges MÃ©liÃ¨sis is magical and fantastic, yet with a dark and eerie tone. That is thanks to its unique style of narration, as you can see in this clip.
This very special quality and ambience is something which Martin Scorsese seems to have missed or for some reason left out in his cinematic adaptation of the book. A book which really would have worked best as a short and silent black and white movie is turned into a 3D Hollywood matinÃ© for Christmas! Truly disappointing.